The factional leader of the deadly Boko Haram Terrorists Group, Abubakar Shekau has killed himself during a clash between his men and members of the Islamic State West African Province, ISWAP, who took over the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.
It was gathered that the incident took place on Wednesday, 20th May, 2021 following the invasion of the Boko haram base by some members of ISWAP.
Sahara Reporters had reported that many military sources confirmed that Shekau blew himself up with an explosive when it was clear that the ISWAP fighters wanted him to relinquish power to them, after all his commanders were captured and killed in the forest.
Shekau had been the leader of the Boko Haram Group since 2009 since the death of the group founder, Mohammed Yusuf. On Wednesday evening, ISWAP which had broken away from the Shekau led Boko Haram member raided the group’s hideout using no fewer than 50 gun trucks.
In August, 2016, after the Nigerian Air Force had claimed to have killed him, at least four times between July 2009 and August 2015, Shekau released a video showing that he is in good condition.
It was also reported that top ISWAP ground commander, Baana Duguri, operating at Pulka in Gwoza Local Government, reportedly told ISWAP’s logistics commander Modu Sulum in Konduga that his men surrounded Shekau and his bodyguards in Sambisa forest and a fierce shootout ensued.
Shekau ran for dear life and tried to escape but when ISWAP men surrounded him and he was about to be captured, he detonated a grenade and killed himself.
After the incident, a fierce fight ensued between men of the two factions and both sides suffered heavy casualties, according to well informed security sources. There has been jubilation since then in ISWAP camps with shouts of “Allahu akbar!,” glorifying God for the terrorist faction’s claimed military success.